Turns out 13 is a lucky number for the Suicide Squad gang. After ending their second weekend with $466M worldwide, the crew zipped past the $500M milestone at the global box office on Day 13 of release. With a total $509M, the film will help drive the overall August box office to a record high. At release two weeks ago, it became the biggest-ever August opener both domestically and abroad. It is currently the No. 11 movie of the year globally, and should jump up a couple of spots this weekend.
The North American box office total now stands at more than $238M and overseas the cume is $271M. The David Ayer-directed DC adaptation will add German-speaking markets this weekend and is likely to hang onto the top spot on the international charts for the third frame in a row. Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, noted today, “The film is in position for another terrific weekend as our overseas expansion continues.”
Domestically, it’s expected to be the fifth title this year to hold the No. 1 spot at the box office for three weekends in a row after Deadpool, Zootopia, The Jungle Book and Finding Dory.
The UK leads offshore markets with strong numbers also out of major plays in Brazil, Russia, Mexico and Australia. In Mexico and Korea, it has outrun the lifetime of comp Guardians Of The Galaxy and in Russia it has bested DC cousin Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Its second weekend hold overall overseas was down 55.7% versus BVS‘ 66% last March. The film has faced tough critics, but audiences have turned out. A great marketing set-up has also been key.
Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman and Viola Davis lead the supervillian pic. For Smith, several of the offshore openings have been career highs, including in Argentina, Italy, the UK, Russia and Brazil.
Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, WB President of Worldwide Distribution, said, “It is incredibly rewarding to see audiences around the world coming out in such a big way for Suicide Squad. We have several major markets yet to open, and expect to continue seeing strong returns at the box office for the weeks to come.” Japan will be the final play on September 10; there’s no China in this mix.
Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, Cara Delevingne, Adam Beach and Karen Fukuhara also star. Producers are Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.